Former Dechert Price & Rhoads and Sun Company Inc. attorney Q. Todd Dickinson has been nominated by President Clinton to the position of assistant secretary of commerce and commissioner of patents and trademarks.

Dickinson had been serving in the PTO’s top spot ever since his former boss, Bruce Lehman, resigned in January. The Pennsylvania native joined the office as deputy assistant secretary and deputy commissioner of patents and trademarks in December 1997 after a two-year stint at Dechert.

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